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Germany’s Merkel attends opening of Bayreuth Festival

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the opening of the Bayreuth Festival, dedicated to composer Richard Wagner, with her husband Joachim Sauer and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Also present on the red carpet, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Bavarian President Markus Soeder are booed by a small group of demonstrators chanting slogans in favour of migration policy. IMAGES

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Today in History for July 15th

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Highlights of this day in history: President Richard Nixon announces his breakthrough trip to China; Fashion designer Gianni Versace slain; Aerospace giant Boeing founded; Dutch painter Rembrandt born. (July 15)

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Trump Says He’s Interviewed 4 Court Candidates

President Trump says he met with four potential Supreme Court Justice candidates on Monday as he works to fill the spot vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. He spoke alongside the Dutch Prime Minister, who was visiting the White House. (July 2)

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Live interview Peter Muyshondt (adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie)

Peter is deputy chief of police and Director of Operations at the Belgian police in Brecht. For years he fought in the front line of the war on drugs and believed he was serving society doing so. Meanwhile, his brother Tom was struggling with an addiction to hard drugs. In 2006 he died of an overdose of heroin, cocaine and medicines. Muyshondt wrote a moving book about his relationship with Tom, ‘We were brothers’ (2015), and increasingly doubted the validity of the drug war. In his second book ‘Policy on speed – How the drug war stifles all sense of reason’ (2017), he argues in favor of legalizing all drugs. In doing so, he does what no Dutch colleague dares, in a country where the taboos around drugs are much stronger than in the Netherlands.
Peter is adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie in Brecht. Jarenlang streed hij in de frontlinie van de war on drugs en geloofde dat hij de maatschappij daarmee een dienst bewees. Ondertussen kampte zijn broer Tom met een verslaving aan hard drugs. In 2006 overleed hij aan een overdosis heroïne, cocaïne en medicijnen. Muyshondt schreef het aangrijpende boek ‘Broers waren we’ (2015) en ging steeds meer twijfelen aan het nut van de drugsoorlog. In zijn tweede boek ‘Beleid op speed – Hoe de drugsoorlog alle zin voor rede versmoort’ (2017) pleit hij voluit voor legalisering van alle drugs. Daarmee doet hij wat geen enkele Nederlandse collega durft, in een land waar de taboes rond drugs veel groter zijn dan hier.

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05 Panel debat – Cannabis reguleren, maar hoe?

John en Inez Meijers (modelkwekers), Bart Vollenberg (cannabis connect), August de Loor ( Adviesburo Drugs), Peter Hendriks (Avites)

Peter Hendriks
In relative silence, Peter Hendriks has been building a small coffeeshop empire in Limburg since the 1980s. His four coffeeshops in Sittard and Roermond are an example for the branch. In 2017 he founded Avites, Alliance of Integer Shops and Growers, who strives to ‘recruit as many cooperators as possible in the coffee shop branch and to jointly resolve the back door problem’.
In relatieve stilte bouwde Peter Hendriks sinds de jaren tachtig een klein coffeeshop imperium op in Limburg. Zijn vier coffeeshops in Sittard en Roermond zijn een visitekaartje voor de branche. In 2017 richtte hij Avites op, Alliantie Van Integere Shops En Telers, die er naar streeft ‘als coöperatie zoveel mogelijk leden in de coffeeshopbranche te werven en gezamenlijk tot een oplossing voor de achterdeurproblematiek te komen’.

John Meijers
By the Dutch press they were baptized ‘The model weed growers from Bierum‘, but their heroic struggle to break the deadlock around the back door brought them to the edge of the abyss. John and Ines cultivated in all openness and informed all authorities about their activities. They paid their electricity and even taxed on the profits, cultivated safely and without pesticides and only delivered invoices to two licensed coffee shops. Still, the breakthrough was not forthcoming. Now John and Ines hope to participate in the experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation with their foundation JoinUs.
Door de Nederlandse pers werden ze ‘De model wiettelers uit Bierum’ gedoopt, maar hun heroïsche strijd om de impasse rond de achterdeur te doorbreken bracht hen aan de rand van de afgrond. John en Ines kweekten in alle openheid en brachten alle instanties op de hoogte van hun activiteiten. Ze betaalden hun stroom en zelfs belasting op de winst, teelden veilig en zonder pesticiden en leverden alleen mét bon aan twee vergunde coffeeshops. Toch bleef de doorbraak uit. Nu hopen John en Ines met hun stichting JoinUs deel te kunnen nemen aan het experiment met gereguleerde cannabisteelt.
August de Loor
Since becoming the first street worker in the Netherlands in 1970, August de Loor has been involved with drugs and drugs policy in Amsterdam and far beyond. For years he ran the Adviesburo Drugs (Drugs Advisory Office) and pioneered a series of harm reduction initiatives, including XTC testing at parties, the Safe House campaign, heroin user rooms and the cannabis coffeeshop as a crucial part of drug policy. August is not only critical of the government and the addiction care industry, but also for the coffeeshop industry. In December 2017, he received the prestigious Frans Banninck Cocq Award for his important contribution to the Amsterdam, national and international drug policy.

Sinds hij in 1970 de eerste straathoekwerker van Nederland werd, is August de Loor betrokken bij alles rond drugs en drugsbeleid in Amsterdam en ver daarbuiten. Jarenlang runde hij het Adviesburo Drugs en verrichtte hij pionierswerk op het gebied van harm reduction: XTC testen op feesten, de Safe House campagne, heroïneverstrekking én de coffeeshop als cruciaal onderdeel van het drugsbeleid. Niet alleen voor de overheid, maar ook voor de coffeeshopbranche is hij een luis in de pels. In december 2017 ontving August de Frans Banninck Cocqpenning voor zijn belangrijke bijdrage aan het Amsterdamse, landelijke en internationale drugsbeleid.

Bart Vollenberg
Bart holds a unique position in the coffeeshop industry: he owns two coffeeshops in Almere and Lelystad, is a board member of the two national coffeeshop unions PCN and BCD and he founded the Epicurus Foundation, a think tank on regulation of the cannabis market. Epicurus has organized two well-attended conferences in Utrecht -‘The Transparant Chain I and II’- and took the initiative for the Grass Poll survey and Cannabis Connect, which now represents over 220 coffeeshops.
Hij heeft een unieke positie in de coffeeshopbranche: Bart Vollenberg bezit coffeeshops in Almere en Lelystad, is bestuurslid van de beide landelijke coffeeshopbonden PCN en BCD en oprichter van de stichting Epicurus Foundation, een denktank over regulering van de cannabismarkt. Epicurus organiseerde twee drukbezochte congressen in Utrecht, De Transparante Keten I en II en nam het initiatief voor de Grass Poll enquête en Cannabis Connect, waarbij inmiddels meer dan 220 coffeeshops bij aan zijn gesloten.

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01 Q&A Live interview Henk de Vries and Ben Dronkers

Q & A / Live interview Henk de Vries (founder Bull Dog) and Ben Dronkers (Founder Sensi Seeds) interview by Derrick Bergman (festival organiser, VOC)
Hosted by Derrick Bergman, president of VOC and organizer Cannabis liberation Day
Henk de vries
As founder of The Bulldog, Henk de Vries is not only a living legend but also the owner of the first global cannabis brand in modern history. Since he started in 1975 in a basement on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam with The Bulldog, his brainchild has grown into an empire with global fame. Like no other, Henk de Vries put his stamp on the phenomenon that according to Professor Egbert Tellegen should have been proclaimed ‘the most important Dutch social innovation of the past half century’: the coffeeshop.
Als oprichter van The Bulldog is Henk de Vries niet alleen een levende legende maar ook de eigenaar van het eerste wereldwijde cannabis merk in de moderne geschiedenis. Sinds hij in 1975 in een kelder op de Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam begon met The Bulldog is zijn geesteskind uitgegroeid tot een imperium met mondiale faam. Als geen ander drukte Henk de Vries zijn stempel op het fenomeen dat volgens professor Egbert Tellegen al lang uitgeroepen had moeten worden tot ‘de belangrijkste Nederlandse sociale innovatie van de afgelopen halve eeuw’: de coffeeshop.
Ben Dronkers
Founder of Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Cannabis Culture Awards and sponsor of hundreds of demonstrations, events, action groups, campaigns and organizations in the field of cannabis. Ben Dronkers is a pioneer, a visionary and one successful entrepreneur. His contribution to the international cannabis culture cannot be overstated.
Oprichter van Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, het Hash Marihuana & Hennepmuseum, de Cannabis Culture Awards en sponsor van honderden demonstraties, evenementen, actiegroepen, campagnes en organisaties op het gebied van cannabis. Ben Dronkers is een pionier, een visionair en een succesvolle ondernemer. Zijn bijdrage aan de internationale cannabiscultuur is niet te overschatten.

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Macca & Cnof – Cadence

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